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When it comes to controlling my computer using hotkeys, I’m a huge fan of AutoHotkey. However, if you’re just starting out on the path to complete keyboard domination, AutoHotkey may seem a bit daunting. Add-ons like ActivAid can make it easier to get started with AutoHotkey, but some people just prefer to go for a simpler app, at least at first.
Let me start with a key detail. Robo Defense for Android has a free version, but I will be reviewing the full version, which costs three bucks. I still decided it was worth writing about, because it is just so addictive. You won’t find killer 3D graphics here, nor will you find a very engaging soundtrack. What you will find though, is a deep, lengthy game with a serious habit-forming potential.
Everywhere I look these days, I see people proclaiming the wonders of Mac and Linux. Well, I’m a die-hard Windows user, and have been one ever since the days of Windows for Workgroups 3.11 . One kind of blog post I don’t really see often enough is “why Windows rocks”. I’m going to try to explain why exactly I stick with Windows, even though I can easily switch to Mac or Linux.
In Mac-using circles, Skitch has been a household name for a while now as it’s a great tool for capturing, editing and sharing screenshots. In August, Skitch was bought out by Evernote, and now we get to see Skitch on Android for the first time.
Today we’re going to be looking at Pano, a camera app that currently goes for $2 on the Android Market. Pano has no built-in effects; it doesn’t have advanced shutter controls or a built-in timer. It doesn’t do Lomo, and you can’t say “cheese” to have it take a picture. It does just one thing, but something no other camera app I reviewed so far can do – it helps you take large, beautiful panoramic images.
Ringtones are a very subjective thing, so it’s nice that Android comes with such a large selection of them. But once you’ve settled on a few ringtones you like, having to scroll through a lengthy list of irritating sounds just to swap between those few can get old pretty fast. For some reason, Android’s designers didn’t include a way to easily delete built-in ringtones.
Creating screenshots isn’t only for tech writers and bloggers. Screenshots can also be very helpful if you’ve ever had to show your elderly aunt how to print something from her Internet Explorer 7.0 browser and you felt the need for a good tool to make illustrated screenshots for her. Today we’ll be looking at SnapDraw, a free utility for creating screenshots that make sense.
While I dearly love my Kindle, my smartphone is always with me. Also, the Kindle doesn’t have a backlit screen (which is the whole point of a Kindle really), and sometimes a reading lamp spreads too much light – such as when your significant other is trying to catch some sleep and you want to read in bed.
Alfa November Kilo India. That’s how you spell “Anki” according to the NATO phonetic alphabet. And no, I didn’t need Wikipedia to come up with that. I just know the phonetic alphabet now. And I can also phonetically read many words in Russian, when a month ago I couldn’t. This is all thanks to AnkiDroid, a free Android application for learning things using flash cards.
Typing on a tiny touchscreen is not an inherently fun activity. I can’t remember the last time I heard someone say “Gosh, I love how I keep making embarrassing typos with this tiny keyboard!” Thankfully, there are some very smart people who are working to make typing on a portable device a more bearable experience.
I really enjoy reading books. I have a Kindle and I use it all the time. But sometimes a book isn’t always what I need. There are times when I have just a couple of minutes to fill, or when I’m somewhat distracted. For those times, a magazine works much better, and while I can read newspapers and magazines on the Kindle, I was intrigued by Zinio which offers paid magazines for Android.
I maintain the CSS for a fairly complex website; my normal workflow is opening an SSH session with PuTTY and then editing the CSS within a remote instance of VIM. WebPutty from Fog Creek Software (Joel Spolsky’s company) offers a way to simplify this process and edit your CSS using the browser, with live preview […]
As I told you on my Little Photo review, I am hunting for the perfect camera application for Android. Today’s contender is called Vignette. It’s a commercial application which currently retails for $4 on the Market – not inexpensive for an Android app. But with an average rating of 4.1 out of over 5,400 reviews, it must be doing something right.
When I covered Dexpot some time ago, readers Colugo and Mick were quick to point me in the direction of VirtuaWin as a lightweight, fast alternative virtual desktop software. Encouraged by their feedback, I decided to take VirtuaWin on a thorough spin and I am back to report my findings.